The Life of Jesus

Author: Ernest Renan
Published: 1927
Language: English
Wordcount: 115,901 / 361 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 62.3
LoC Category: BL
Downloads: 1,183
Added to site: 2005.08.23
mnybks.net#: 10794
Genre: Religion
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so profoundly Jewish in character and spirit, under a form which would be intelligible to Greeks and Romans. I believe the passage respecting Jesus[1] to be authentic. It is perfectly in the style of Josephus, and if this historian has made mention of Jesus, it is thus that he must have spoken of him. We feel only that a Christian hand has retouched the passage, has added a few words--without which it would almost have been blasphemous[2]--has perhaps retrenched or modified some expressions.[3] It must be recollected that the literary fortune of Josephus was made by the Christians, who adopted his writings as essential documents of their sacred history. They made, probably in the second century, an edition corrected according to Christian ideas.[4] At all events, that which constitutes the immense interest of Josephus on the subject which occupies us, is the clear light which he throws upon the period. Thanks to him, Herod, Herodias, Antipas, Philip, Annas, Caiaphas, and Pilate are personages whom we can tou

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